What s bothering athletes the most at the Rio Olympics is the the inability to play Pok mon GO. Although, doping crisis and poor facilities might have shrouded Rio Olympics, athletes have been complaining the most about the absence of Pok mons to capture. Hundreds of sportspersons moved into the Olympics Village on July 31 that has 31 buildings and 3,604 apartments after the Rio Organizing Committee said they had completed fixing the problems at the Village. Also Read - Niantic announces India-exclusive Festival of Colours for Pokemon Go: Here are the detailsAlso Read - Pokemon GO adds remote raids to encourage playing from home
Pok mon GO is available on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store in the US, Japan and Australia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Britain and Germany and is yet to come to Brazil. So the players from these countries, who have the app on their smartphones, are able to see a digital map of their surroundings when they visit Rio but not the gyms, Pokestops and Pok mon. It would be like getting on a football field but not having a ball to kick or goals to defend, The Guardian reported.
Canadian field hockey player Matthew Sarmento said it would give him more time to meet other athletes. But he said he would have welcomed Pok mon during downtime in competition, adding that “sometimes it is good to take your mind off the important things and let yourself chill”. “I wish I could run around in the (athletes’) village catching Pok mon. I just can’t get it on the phone. It’s fine, but it would have been something fun to do,” New Zealand football player Anna Green was quoted as saying.
ALSO READ: US University introduces a Pok mon Go course
In countries where Pok mon GO is available, Pokestops are being used to attract customers. Dozens of bars, restaurants and coffee shops have set up lures that attract rare Pok mon, along with potential new patrons looking to catch them, the report said. Taking this into account, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has urged Niantic, the developers of Pok mon GO, to release the game in Brazil.